Equestrian Medical Safety Association

Meet Our Team

EMSA Board Members and Key Personnel
EMT/Safety Officer
Rusty Lowe
Lt Rusty Lowe is Executive Officer at the Hoover County Fire Dept in AL and the safety officer at numerous horse competitions around the country. Rusty has been a leader in establishing quality EMS support at competitions and excellent rapport with competitors. Read more.

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Hanna Hubsch
Hanna currently rides and trains at Ashbourne Farms in Lagrange, KY. She and her sister started riding at 8 years of age at Mary Fike’s Harrington Mill Farm. Emphasis on everyday safety around horses was a key part of my education. Read More

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Jeffray Ryding
Jeffray resides in Galisteo, New Mexico. Celebrating 61 years of riding this year, I am currently teaching and training at Goose Downs Farm. This is the farm my husband, Tom Angle, and I have run as a breeding, training and teaching facility to support the sport of eventing since the early 1980… read more

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Debbie Stanitski, MD
Debbie is the current EMSA President. A former pediatric orthopedic surgeon she sustained an equestrian-related closed head injury in 1999. Previously an event rider she now competes in regular and paraequestrian dressage with her fouteen year old Holsteiner x QH mare. She is passionate about… read more

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Jean Cibula, MD
Dr. Jean Cibula received her BA and MD from Case Western Reserve University in her native Cleveland, Ohio, but did not begin riding regularly until her neurology residency and fellowship at the University of Florida.  She was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for several years and… read more

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t: twitter.com/EMSA

Pat Maykuth
Pat served as principal investigator for the heat humidity and exercise physiology studies leading up to the Atlanta Olympics. She led the USEA Concussion Taskforce that developed return to play criteria for riders recovering from concussion. She is a lifelong rider fond of horses that run and… read more

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w: EMSA Online
t: twitter.com/EMSA

Wendy Wergeles
Wendy is currently dividing her teaching and training schedule between the Flintridge Riding Club (Pasadena, CA), In-the-Irons Farm (Santa Barbara, CA) and Cottonwood Ranch (Los Alamos, CA) where she is based.

She has competed throughout the United States and Canada through the… read more

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w: EMSA Online
t: twitter.com/EMSA

Helmet Expert
Drusilla Malavase
Drusilla Malavase
Drusilla Malavase was one of the original members of the American Medical Equestrian Association, and is a former Board member. She has remained as a resource on equestrian helmet issues for EMSA in her capacity of original Chairman and now Co-Chairman of the ASTM Equestrian Protective Headgear subcommittee where she has served for 30 years… read more

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w: EMSA Online
t: twitter.com/EMSA

Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Reed Ayers, PhD
Golden, CO

Roy Burek
Chester, England

Lou Leslie
Redmond, WA

Jean Cibula, MD
Gainesville, FL

Jill Graf, MS
Scottsdale, AZ

Ann Haller
Oxford, GA

Jessica Jahiel
Sidney, IL

Beth Lendrum
Kalispell, MT

Jeffray Ryding
Galisteo, NM

Christine van Solinge
Santa Maria, CA

Debbie Stanitski, MD
Charleston, SC

Robert Wilson, MD (Emeritus)
Surprise, AZ